Thankful

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My photo of Bancroft Hall.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I just wanted to let you guys know how thankful I am for this amazing community. I'm feeling a bit sleepy after a large family meal in Eastport, but wanted to post a few things before the holiday weekend begins!

This is probably my favorite four day stretch in the entire year. I love Christmas anticipation energy so much.

I'm planning on lighting up my holiday candles (I've acquired quite a few from a review gig at Candles Off Main), doing some Christmas shopping (both locally and browsing the online sales), finishing up a couple of paintings, cleaning my bathroom and kitchen entirely (maybe...), eating leftovers exclusively, and meeting up with friends.

There's a ton of local events- the Makers Market tomorrow at Great Frogs Winery, Small Business Saturday, the Christmas tree lighting on Sunday, and my friend Jay Fleming is hosting a holiday party December 1 at Harvest Wood Grill. Complimentary oysters and beer!

Then all the Midnight Madnesses begin! I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of things- I seriously can't believe the holiday season is upon us.

I'm also doing a handmade gift exchange with four friends and I'm really excited. They're all creative yet quirky so I think it should be fun/funny.

And there's a couple holiday Instagram giveaways in the works- just ironing out some logistics.

Also, my friend Kim Hovell is selling her original art on her site starting Monday. First time ever!  She's so talented and I can't thank her enough for all of her support over the years.

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I just started painting again- my first print 'Bancroft Hall' is available online or locally at Here. A Pop-Up Shop (opens Saturday at 186 Main Street for two weeks) and Whimsicality. Kim's really helped to ensure that the quality is high- from selecting a skilled photographer for the painting, fine paper, a nice printer, etc. I work with start-ups and small businesses a lot, so I know all about expensive rookie mistakes and learning curves. 

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(photo by Olivia Reed)

I'm currently working on a few paintings of the water, but I wanted my first print to be of the Naval Academy. I chose to do a slightly more feminine take on Bancroft Hall, so I used pale pinks and soft colors. Please tell your Navy friends- I appreciate your support more than you realize!

Hopefully in the new year, I'll be able to sell originals. Getting there.

Happy holidays to you and your family!

PS. I wanted to make a list of things I'm thankful for, but- as corny as it sounds- I am grateful for absolutely everything in my life. Even the worst things you can imagine. I had a really hard (like, really, really hard) couple of years with our business closing yet it taught me so much about faith, truth, and God. I had misplaced my faith for almost 20 years, and turning back to that has been the single greatest blessing of my life so far. So, while I'm obviously far from perfect and do still struggle with pride and material lust at times, I also know I'm on the right path finally. Cheers!